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Louisville Mayor looking to break Guinness World Record this weekend with citizens’ help

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns Labor Day with hopes of setting a world record for paddlers going through locks (See August 21st story here). Paddlers will begin their adventurous five-mile course at 10 a.m., taking canoeists and kayakers through the McAlpine Locks and Dam to the Jaycees Boat Ramp in New Albany. TARC will offer a shuttle service for paddlers to retrieve their vehicles at the launch site. Organizers are attempting a Guinness World Record for most paddlers in a lock system. “Hope to see 1000s lined up Monday as we look to set #GuinnessWorldRecord for…


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Louisville Loop Fan Launches Campaign for Loop App

Louisville, Ky., – One Louisville man is on a mission to get the Louisville Loop completed and give its wanderers an easy way to take advantage of all the wonders the partially completed thoroughfare offers. All it took was a case of stir-crazy and not having a map. “Last Winter sucked. Like a lot of people, I went stir-crazy and had to get out of the house. In my quest for space to roam, I drove to the far reaches of Floyds Fork Park, walked back into the woods, and stumbled on the Louisville Loop,” said Tom Johnson. “In the dark days of February,…


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Uncovered: Louisville’s Planned Botanical Garden

Cyndy Tandy’s Louisville Uncovered answers some of your questions about Botanica, the planned garden down on River Road at Frankfort Avenue. Check it out: There are so many ways to connect with nature in Louisville, from our forests to Waterfront Park. And soon, there could be another way to do it that will be unmatched by any other natural attraction in the area. Plans call for a 22-acre botanical garden to be built at the intersection of River Road and Frankfort Avenue. Ironically, it used to be a city dump. That was created to handle the debris left behind from…


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Oh, The Cool Sights of Forecastle

It’s difficult to describe the Forecastle crowd — it spans the spectrum of humanity. All ages, body types, dress and levels of outrageousness. We can all agree that it was most unbearably hot for most of the weekend. But with the exception of a shortened set from Sam Smith on Friday, everything that was planned happened. And that was good. I spent a few hours there Friday and Saturday, long enough for a few PBRs and a rocking’ set from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, now a favorite band. LouisvilleKY.com’s photographer Bill Brymer was turned loose with an assignment that consisted of…


Louisville Uncovered presents: The Heigold House, mystery behind the facade on River Road

The Heigold House was built by immigrant stonemason Christopher Heigold, and stands at the intersection of River Road and Frankfort Avenue, watch the history around it on Louisville Uncovered !      “The Point” was a thriving 19th century neighborhood east of Downtown Louisville and opposite Towhead Island along the Ohio River. It was located north of the present day Butchertown area. Starting in the 1840s it was home to many upper income residents who had moved from New Orleans, giving the area the nickname “the Frenchmen’s Row”. They built many mansion houses in the area, the best known of which was…


New Bike/Walk Trail Planned for Beargrass Creek

Funding in place to plan Beargrass Creek Biking/Walking Trail Trail will connect Cherokee Park to Waterfront Park LOUISVILLE, KY (June 18, 2015) – Design work will begin soon on a project to connect Cherokee Park and Waterfront Park via a continuous off-street pathway along Beargrass Creek thanks to donations from the community. Designing a conceptual plan for a walking and biking path connecting two of Louisville’s most significant recreational assets is fully funded. The plan will also evaluate strategies to improve water quality and wildlife habitat along the creek. “This community-funded project is the next step towards building an activity corridor that…


It’s Memorial Day So It Must Be Hike & Bike Time

NOTE: I almost never miss the Memorial Day/Labor Day Hike and Bike Events. It’s hard to believe the event that started with Jerry Abramson and not-so-many bikers has turned into a holiday staple with thousands of riders. I’ve done it with each of my three sons and a few other friends. This time we’re going to Iroquois Park and back from Waterfront Park, my favorite route. I hope to see you there. Booths, activities begin at 8:30 a.m./cycling, paddling, walking at 10 a.m. LOUISVILLE – Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion Memorial Day at the21st Subway Fresh Fit Hike,…


Louisville’s Waterfront Wednesday Returns

Louisville, Ky., – 91.9 WFPK announces the launch of its favorite concert series on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. This concert will feature Civil Twilight, Jukebox the Ghost and Small Time Napoleon. It’s sponsored by Goose Island Brewing Company, MINI of Louisville, Republic Bank, Passport Health Plan  and Friends of the Waterfront. Additional support comes from Old 502 Winery. Civil Twilight’s forthcoming studio album, Story Of An Immigrant, will be available June…


Forecastle: Lineup Additions, Tickets on Sale April 10

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival rounds out the lineup for its 2015 event with the additions of critically acclaimed Philly rockers The War on Drugs, blues-infused singer-songwriter ZZ Ward, genre-bending experimentalist Robert DeLong, and punk-rockers-turned-Latin-balladeers Mariachi El Bronx, who join Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse and more than 50 acts. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville. The festival also welcomes Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Chris Stapleton, Lower Dens,Lizzo, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Dr. Dundiff & Friends, and Fat Tony to…


Is Louisville KY Ready for Waterfront Park’s Phase 4?

It’s hard to imagine Louisville’s “Front Porch” as anything but the jewel it is today. But Waterfront Development Corp. Chair Matt Thornton told a funny story about how it used to be, back when driving down I-65 south afforded newcomers a view of a scrapyard. Thornton and Waterfront Development President David Karem spoke at Greater Louisville Inc.’s Business Breakfast March 20. Thornton told about his long-ago move to Louisville after a stint as a fishing guide in Montana. He saw the scrapyard on the drive across the Bridge, and told how the friend he brought along didn’t like the idea…